Review: Time for another dip into the deep bubbling Turkish groove baths as Disco Hamam instigate a fourth volume of obscure Turkish disco delights. Tokyo Matt takes the A side with two distinct tales; the feisty dollar packing disco bullet "Fist Full Of Dollars" and a much more emotional, cinematic saga in the form of "Tales Of The Orientale". Hamam regular Afacan takes the B with two more eastern odysseys. "Ya Sabir Disco" is pure theatre with its ever mutating arrangement and almost festive feel while "Biz Salkimiz" continues the drama with added slinkiness in the groove department. Delicious.
Review: When it comes to exotic, off-kilter edits, you'll struggle to find a stronger series than Jonny Rock's Disco Hamam. This fifth volume is every bit as essential as its predecessors. Beards In Dust claims the A-side with "At The Dawn", a tidy revision of a druggy and "chuggy" version of a blue-eyed psychedelic funk-rock roller that comes complete with some serious sing-along sections. The heady world of Turkish music - a constant source of inspiration at the Disco Hamam HQ - comes to the fore on the B-side. Tales Of Voodoo's "Sharky" is a deliciously percussive, dancefloor-friendly fusion of Middle Eastern exoticism, funk-rock guitars and heavy disco percussion, while Esen Gunduz's "Deve Gucu" is an even sweatier, Italo Disco-era stomper that sounds like something you'd have heard in Istanbul clubs circa 1985.